Welcome to the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club!

West Bend Sunrise

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 7:15 AM
New Perspective Senior Living
2130 Continental Dr
4th Floor Conference Room
West Bend, WI  53095
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Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.

Rotary members believe that we have a shared responsibility to take action on our world’s most persistent issues. Our 35,000+ clubs work together to:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
We invite you to take a look around our site and learn more about our Club and about Rotary.

 - Todd Vance, President of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club

Barry Rassin - President, Rotary International
Kola Alayande - District Governor, District 6270

President-elect Barry Rassin’s theme for 2018-19, Be the Inspiration, asks Rotarians to inspire change in the world and in each other. “I ask all of you to Be the Inspiration to help Rotary move from reaction to action — to take a hard look at the environmental issues that affect health and welfare around the world and do what we can to help.”


    of the things we think, say or do ...

    Is it the TRUTH?

    Is it FAIR to all concerned?


    Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

    The West Bend Sunrise Rotary is proud to have paired up with Senior Citizens Activities, Inc. to offer a sweet ride in the 2019 Classics for a Cause Car Raffle fundraiser - a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette! 

    This beauty will be waiting for the drawing winner on Friday, September 13 at 4:00 p.m. at West Bend Lakes Golf Course.  Only 10,000 tickets will be sold.  Tickets are $20 each, or 6 for $100, and may be purchased by visiting classicsforacause.org, contacting the Senior Center at 262-335-4498, or by contacting any West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club member.

    You can also like and follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Classics-for-a-Cause-215324112387568/

    1968 was the first year of manufacture for the C3 Corvette.  The Rally Red vehicle features a black interior and is accented by a black convertible top and 15” Rally Wheels.  The car will be on display and tickets sold at various events throughout the area.  Follow Senior Citizens Activities Inc. West Bend on Facebook for a continually updated list of events.

    Funds raised will support activities at the Senior Center, and additional local non-profit charities in the area via West Bend Sunrise Rotary. 

    Congrats to Todd Vance for taking over as our 2019 West Bend Sunrise Rotary President!
    And THANK YOU Candy Sarauer for serving as our President in 2018.
    Thanks to everyone who made this year's $15K event another smashing success!
    Our AWESOME Sunrise Rotary President - Candi Sarauer.
    Drinks anyone?
    JUST like Grandma used to make...
    Our MEGA baskets were epic!
    And the winner is...
    CALEB KNOLL!!! (his mommy, Tami, was sitting in for him...)
    Congrats Caleb! - spend it wisely at UW-LaCrosse)
    Rotary Members - If you are assigned to be a greeter or speaker host and cannot attend the meeting the day you are assigned, please arrange to switch with somebody and communicate the change so the schedule can be updated.
    DateGreeterSpeaker HostSpeakerTopic
    6/25No Meeting!   
    6/27Changing of the Guard   
    7/2Sacks, JonathanIn Service  
    7/9Zaremba, JoeSeiser, Mary  
    7/16Wilke, PaulJoyce MalloyMichael LeeHong Kong Rotarian
    7/23Verheyen, GeorgeStanek, Steve  
    7/30Vanderkin, RickN/AHOLD - Steen SanderhoffDistrict Governor Visit
    8/6Tighe, TeresaIn Service  
    8/13Tennies, ScottSturgeon, Bev  
    8/20Szukalski, JeffGrinna, Amy  
    8/27Sturgeon, BevTennies, Scott  
    9/3Winget, JamesIn Service  
    9/10Seiser, MaryTighe, Teresa  
    9/17Schuett, CraigVanderkin, Rick  
    9/24Travis RoellSlinde, NancyMarianne Boehme, Drummer Bill and WalnesHaiti water filter project
    10/1Stanek, SteveIn Service  
    10/8Polachowski, AlMartinelli, Clarissa  
    10/15Slinde, NancyWilke, Paul  
    10/22Phililps, MikeZaremba, Joe  
    10/29Schoemann, JoshuaBackaus, John  
    11/5Sarauer, CandyIn Service  
    11/12Nowak, MikeBaldus, Dave  
    11/19Neja, BobGannon, Bryce  
    11/26Martinelli, ClarissaGeorge Verheyen  
    12/3Malloy, JoyceWinget, James  
    12/10Madl, JusticeAnich, Stacy  
    12/17Lawrence, DanBritton, Gary  
    2019/2020 West Bend Sunrise Rotary Board (*club officers)Lead
    President*Todd Vance
    President Elect*Jon Sacks
    President Elect Nominee*Dolf De Ceuster
    Past President*Candy Sarauer
    Secretary*Clarissa Martinelli
    Treasurer*Lori Yahr
    Sergeant at Arms*Graeme Reid
    InternationalNancy Slinde
    Rotary FoundationJoe Zaremba
    Vocational ServiceJon Corbett
    Community ServiceJohn Knoll
    Public RelationsKory Dogs
    Public RelationsJoyce Malloy
    2019/2020 Committee Chairs 
    Enchanted RaffleJacii Gambucci
    Gingerbread HouseCandy Sarauer
    15K GiveawayChris Guse
    Club FoundationPaul Wilke
    Funds DistributionGeorge Verheyan
    Classic CarRick Vanderkin
    SocialJacii Gambucci
    Membership (new)Candy Sarauer
    The highest award an individual Rotarian can receive is the Service Above Self Award which is known as the Paul Harris Award. Here is Nancy Slinde accepting her THIRD Paul Harris Award from Candy Sarauer! Congrats Nancy!!
    Thanks to everyone who helped out with Adopt a Highway this past weekend. Thanks to our efforts the stretch of Highway 45 from Paradise Drive to W. Washington Street is now the cleanest stretch of highway in the Midwest!
    Our Sunrise Club joined efforts with the West Bend Noon Rotary Club to serve up some liquid dance fluid at at Music on Main.
    Here is proof:
    (Amanda Follett and Josh Schoemann)
    (Candy Sarauer, Joel Herriges & Bonnie DeBroux)
    (Bryce Gannon)
    The passing of the Gavel from 2017-2018 President Joe Zaremba to our new President - Candy Sarauer.
    Thanks for a great year Joe and we look forward to Candy steering the ship this year!
    Incoming Sunrise Rotary President, Todd Vance presented a check for $10,000 to Lori Prescott, Board President of Family Promise of Washington County at our meeting this morning. 

    Family Promise is a community response to prevent families from becoming homeless. Washington County is one of 180 affiliates in 41 states-and one of six in Wisconsin-that serve the homeless. Nationally, Family Promise has been providing shelter since 1987.

    Family Promise of Washington County was started in 2009 due to a need for housing services in the area. It started out as the Interfaith Hospitality Network of 14 congregations in the county. Today we have over 30 congregations in the Hospitality Network and have expanded our services to include the transitional housing program and the Rapid Re-Housing program in 2012. In June of 2014 we opened the Promise Center. Since then we’ve been able to open eight supportive apartments in the building and provide space for Habitat for Humanity and Professional Services Group.













    Sept. 10, 2017 – West Bend, WI – The stretch of Highway 45 from Paradise Drive to W. Washington Street has never looked better thanks to the volunteer spirit of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary

    The local civic organization has signed up with WIDOT’s Adopt a Highway Program and bright and early on Saturday a handful of volunteers were busy digging through the high grass and collecting trash from the side of the road.

    Some of the treasures included a vodka bottle (empty), a credit card, some Green Bay Packer paraphernalia, a shredded Bible and an array of Busch Light beer cans. The West Bend Sunrise Rotary decided this was a worthy cause for a number of reasons including:

    • Reduce litter along Wisconsin’s highways
    • Build statewide support for the anti-litter and highway beautification programs
    • Educate the traveling public to properly dispose of litter
    • Enhance the environment and beautify Wisconsin’s roadsides
    • We love West Bend and Washington County

    If you see some of the Rotarians be sure to tell them “thanks” for the hard work and helping make West Bend a great community.       

    Here is a link to our latest journal from our January 2018 including our recent school exploration. Please visit: http://oslcslinde09.blogspot.com/ 
    Here is a photo of the Slinde's handing out books from their most recent trip to El Salvador.
    And here is a photo of the Slinde's being honored for all that they've done and continue to do for the good folks of El Salvador.
    For the latest update on the work the Slinde's and friends are doing in El Salvador please check out their most recent blog at
    Here is a link to David and Nancy Slinde's El Salvador Journal. They are doing amazing things! Please take a few minutes to read and learn about how they are impacting the people of El Salvador.
    The blog has been set up by Our Savior's Lutheran Church, West Bend, WI, to host postings of email updates from David and Nancy Slinde who are volunteering in El Salvador on behalf of Our Savior's, The Greater Milwaukee Synod of the ELCA, and Rotary International (among others).

    Here is information and links to previous journals from the Slinde's El Salvador experiences:
    We have been home for a week and have written a journal to celebrate a first graduation for a 9th grade class. It can be found here http://oslcslinde09.blogspot.com/2016/11/our-trip-to-el-salvador-was-in-planning.html  and look for the pictures that follow.
    Here is a link to David & Nancy Slinde's blog from their most recent trip to El Salvador. It contains information and pictures.
    Here is a link to their visit to a womens empowerment project:
    West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club Past-Presidents
    1.   Allen Schaetz          1990~1991
    2.   Wendy Heather        1991~1992
    3.   Dick Hron                 1992~1993
    4.   Harry Kirchoff          1993~1994
    5.   Dave Heying             1994~1995
    6.   Steve Domres           1995~1996
    7.   Carl Steerman          1996~1997
    8.   Bob Gannon              1997~1998
    9.   Kirk Emerich             1998~1999
    10. Sandy Luft                 1999~2000
    11. Doug Fitzgerald         2000~2001
    12.  Mike Chevalier          2001~2002
    13.  Patricia Fabian          2002~2003
    14.  Mary Beth Seiser      2003~2004
    15.  Scott Tennies           2004~2005
     16.  Paul Wilke                2005~2006
    17.  Barb Schumacher     2006~2007
    18.  Bev Sturgeon            2007~2008
    19.    Bob Patten              2008~2009
    20.    Jeff lambie              2009~2010
    21.    Mike Nowack           2010~ 2011
    22.    Chris Guse               2011~ 2012
    23.    Pat Seitz                  2012~2013
    24.    Mike Phillips            2013~2014
    25.    Lori Yahr                  2014~2015
    26.    Bonnie Debroux       2015~2016
    27.    Adam Hertel            2016~2017
    28.    Joe Zaremba           2017~2018
    29.    Candy Sarauer         2018~2019
    West Bend West High School seniors Amy Geenen and Olympia Wundrock have been named January Students of the Month by
    the West Bend Sunrise Rotary. Both students are four-year members of the school’s Interact club.
    Amy Geenen, the daughter of Jim and Jody Geenen, is a member of National Honor Society, the Dolphins Synchronized Swim team, S.E.E.D., West Forensics, Youth in Government and St. Frances Cabrini High School Discipleship. She plans to study biomedical sciences at either the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse or UW-Madison with the goal of becoming a physician.
    Olympia Wundrock, the daughter of Mark and Rosina Wundrock, is a member of the National Honor Society, S.E.E.D, FBLA and is president of the Dolphins Synchronized Swim Club. She volunteers with Casa Guadalupe and Read to Succeed. She plans to double major in international business and Spanish at UW-Madison.
    Congratulations to all of the Enchanted Raffle winners from this year's raffle. What a great way to kick off Enchantment In The Park and the Christmas season! Also, we want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all of our sponsors and everyone who purchased tickets!  This year's lucky winners were:
    $5,000 - Kathleen Menter
    $1,000 - Phyllis Schaefer
    $1,000 - Tim Britton
    $1,000 - Lisa Nimmer
    Slinde fragrance prize + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Kathy Christensen
    Heather/Otis Christmas baking package + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Wendy Heather
    Bucks Tickets + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Cindy Steffes
    $20 Sal's Pizza gift card + $25 Bibinger's gift card - Sarah Dogs
    $200 prize for ticket holder at event - Lori Yahr
    Thanks to all of our members who helped with the set up for Enchantment In The Park this year!
    The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

    More history can be found here: https://www.rotary.org/en/history-paul-harris-fellow-recognition 

    Congrats to our West Bend Sunrise Rotary 2018 recipients!  
    Mike Fleischman - 1st PHF
    Gary Britton and Jeff Potts - 2nd PHF
    Chris Guse, Doug Fitzgerald, Graeme Reid, Jeff Szukalski - 3rd PHF
    Lori Yahr - 4th PHF
    Here are our West Bend Sunrise Rotary 2017 recipients:  

    They include (pictured left to right) Scott Tennies, Phyllis Schaeffer, John Wagner, Mary Thorn, Beverly Sturgeon, presenter Mary Beth Sieser, George Verheyen and Steve Domres!  Also recipients though not present are Mary Gumm, Michael Nowack and Wendy Heather!  Congratulations team!

    West Bend Sunrise Rotary welcomes our newest members...Eager to get involved and make a difference in the community and world. 
    Travis Roell, Albiero Plumbing, Sponsor John Backhaus, and President Joe Zaremba
    Jonathan Sacks, West Bend Attorney, Sponsor: Mary Beth Seiser and President Joe Zaremba


    Members of the West Bend Sunrise Rotary Club recently collaborated with Casa Guadalupe and Early Head Start with a Rotary District Grant to provide Brain Games Books for area families with children 0-3 years old to guide the parents in helping their children prepare for their pre-school years.
    The books will be used by 80 families over the next 12 months and will also assist counselors with their home visits as discussion guides as they progress through the books. They are printed in English and Spanish versions to facilitate understanding by their clientele.
    The Grant was written by Phyllis Schaefer and the grant covered the cost of the books and shipping.  The LaCrosse Rotary Club assisted with supplying the books. Other Rotarians will assist the Early Head Start project throughout the school year.
    The photo was taken at the picnic where the books were distributed. Those in the photo include: Bev Sturgeon, Noelle Braun (Casa Guadalupe Executive Director), Mary Gumm, Suzanne Skopek (Wash.Co. Early Head Start Center Director), Gary Britton, and Phyllis Schaefer.
    At our January 27, 2015 Board meeting, the Board approved the "Leave of Absence Policy".
    A member can take three months off for a valid reason and if more time is needed he/she would have to apply for an extension by contacting the current president.  The leave would start from the date a written request is received. The written request should include the leave start day and end date if known, if not in the letter, the leave begins the date the written request is received. Dues would have to still have to be paid during the leave of absence period. If paying "Every Rotarian Every Year" dues, those payments will also be billed during your leave. This request does affect our numbers that we need to report to Rotary International so leaves should be requested only in extreme cases. 
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